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Welcome from Smithers
Chair's welcome
Market outlook and the drivers for change
Nonwoven Wipes Market and Supply Chain Overview – 2015-25
  • Covid-19 had mixed effect on wipes
  • Wipes consumed 1.4 million tonnes valued at $19.6 billion in 2020
  •  Wipes grew at annual growth rate of 7.2% (tonnes) and 7.0% (sales $) between 2015 and 2025
  • Wipes market in Western Europe is forecast to grow at about average growth rates from 2020 to 2025;    European market will grow at above average rates
  • Plastics free will continue to be a major driver for the wipes industry
  • Covid-19 caused and revealed major supply chain problems and disruptions
  • Supply chain improvements are being implemented

Phillip Mango | Associate Consultant, Smithers
Well that was an interesting two years!
In 2018 Rockline presented the history of wet wipes, looking back at the key milestones in our category and the game changers that has made our product a main stay for so many consumer groups, from cleaning babies to cleaning hospitals.  Since that presentation our industry, has at a pace, faced into multiple challenges. This presentation aims to discuss the impact of recent Global Geo / Political  /Environmental events. From the Pandemic, through Supply Chain Assurance, the impact of the SUP and Brexit.   We will bring these 4 areas together and highlight our perspective of the impact on:
  • Manufacturers
  • Supply Chains
  • Consumers
  • Product

Martin Henderson | Technical Manager, Rockline Industries Limited
EDANA update
  • Standards and labelling; what now, where next?
  • The regulatory landscape
  • Wipe litter: Industry initiatives to raise awareness and change behaviours

Seán Kerrigan | Director of Communications & Media Relations, EDANA
Preserving the Passion in Wipes
Networking break
Towards plastic free wipes – innovations in materials and fibres
Replacing plastic with all natural, performance enhanced hemp and flax fibres
Plastic Free Wipes – A Natural Concept
  • The European Union has passed a directive on the control of Single Use Plastics that has direct effect on the materials that are likely to be used for disposable consumer wipes and other single use nonwoven products. The US and Canada are all assessing similar legislation.
  • There is now a need and potential opportunity for natural fibers that will not persist in the environment to be used more extensively.
  • A technical development project was launched to test bleached and unbleached short cut cotton fibers and pulp for potential use in plastic-free wipes and MTT.
  • Further, lab testing of cotton to evaluate the persistence of this natural fiber in the environment were conducted.
  • Results of the trials and lab testing will be shared.

Jan O’Regan | Director Nonwovens Marketing, Cotton Incorporated
Fibre innovation for 100% Viscose based Spunlace wipes to fulfil Single Use Plastics directive (SUPd) commitments in a cost-effective way
Enabling wet wipes packs recyclability through a mono-material patented solution
  • A more sustainable mono material patented solution
  • Allow wet wipes packaging recyclability
  • self-adhesives materials specifically designed for soft or semi-rigid labels
  • applications - hand wipes, baby wipes, cosmetic wipes and household wipes

Sergio Veneziani | Business Development Manager HPC & BEV, Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives
Chair’s summary and end of day one
Chair's welcome
Chair's opening remarks
Sustainability & going plastic free – a look towards the future
What’s wipes got to do with it?
  • Wipes evolution – Back & forth in time
  • Trends & drivers
  • Sustainability as a hyper trend; Plastic Ocean, Climate change, Rising CO2 level, European Green Deal
  • What wipes have to do with it – A market evolving to a new normal

Lynda Kelly | Senior Vice President Americas & Business Development, Suominen Corporation
Case study: Towards reducing carbon emissions and raw material consumption in the wet wipes industry
  • Challenges being faced in the industry
  • Supporting SUPD
  • Reducing carbon emissions and raw material consumption
  • Berry’s unique position in the wet wipes value chain – nonwoven & packaging
  • The future’s bright and green

Eileen Calder | Wipes Product Manager EMEIA, Berry Global
Panel session: Going plastics free – a sustainable solution? Embracing the challenge - what does it mean to be sustainable?

Moderator: Heidi Beatty, CEO, Crown Abbey
Jean Pascal Hirt, Cosmetic sur Support Director, L’Oréal 
Silke Brand-Kirsch, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Glatfelter  
Vincenzo D’Acchioli, Sustainability Director – Hygiene, Health & Specialties EMEIA, Berry Global 

Networking Break
Latest technology updates for the non-woven industry
Mastering the journey of wipes - Latest technology insights for sustainable wipes
  • Developments in wipes industry: market and technical movements
  • Latest technology insights to produce flushable/dispersible, carded-pulp (CP), and other sustainable wipes
  • Technical center for wipes – latest upgrades
  • Outlook: Next generations of sustainable wipes and technology developments

Ioannis Lappas | Sales Director, ANDRITZ Nonwoven
The sky is the limit: News from the CP (Carded/Pulp) Technology
  • Many plastic-free initiatives worldwide challenge both manufacturers of single-use wipes and nonwoven producers
  • The quest for functional, sustainable and affordable wipe materials
  • A flexible and promising CP line is already running to full capacity since mid 2020
  • Trial results for variations in raw materials and web forming configurations with a focus on (wet) strength.
  • A second focus is laid on the sustainability and biodegradability of carded/pulp products

Bodo Heetderks | Director Technology, Trützschler Nonwovens GmbH
Without compromise: sustainable wipes with high-definition hydro-embossing
  • Learn how composite CAC (carded-airlaid-carded) nonwoven drives sustainability in the wipes market
  • Hear how the smart combination of pulp and man-made cellulosic fibers meets consumer needs without forcing change of habits and expectations
  • See how additional functionality and differentiation can be added via texturing of the wipes’ surface

Michael Trinkaus | Director R&D and Application Engineering, Mondi
Resealable multi-layer cover with detachable segment and method of its production
Chair's summary and end of event

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